FORMER Tatton independent MP Martin Bell will return to Knutsford next week, delivering an aptly-timed speech on ‘War and Politics’.

The former war reporter and current Unicef ambassador will speak at Knutsford Methodist Church in Princess Street between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday, May 23 – just 16 days before the General Election.

A member of the church’s Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship said: “This was booked in before we knew about the election, and it’s ironic in a way.

“We have got to meet downstairs in the church itself for health and safety reasons, because we are expecting quite a few people.

“He might touch on the General Election, and I think people would like him to.

“I think people would like him to come back, but he said it was only one term!”

Mr Bell, appointed an OBE in 1992, was elected MP for Tatton in 1997 having only announced his candidacy 24 days before the polls opened.

He was appointed a Unicef ambassador in 2001, focusing on the plight of children affected by conflict and natural disasters.

All are welcome to attend the talk, with refreshments to be served after its conclusion.